It’s been a challenging year for Georgia mother Courtney Waldon, 27, after a family camping trip went horribly wrong.
According to earlier reports, Courtney was sitting by a campfire with her husband of two months in September 2016 when he made a life-changing mistake.
The mother, who has a 5-year-old little girl, was near the fire cooking tuna steak and asparagus when her husband walked by, swinging a can of gas.
Courtney will be having another surgery tomorrow, this one is to regraft her eyes. It is a very delicate surgery. Prayer warriors please be in prayer once again! Thank you so much!
Some of the flammable liquid splashed out the can and landed on Courtney — and she was instantly engulfed in flames. She told the Daily Mail:
“I remember being on fire. I dropped and rolled, and finally was tackled to the ground. I was crying out ‘call the ambulance.’”
The mother survived, but the burns covered much of her body.
Courtney was placed into an induced coma for a month before she was moved to an ICU burn unit, where she was treated for the severe injuries.
But just weeks after she was brought out of the induced coma, the severely injured mother found out that her husband had left her and their 5-year-old daughter because he “couldn’t handle her.”
It was a devastating blow for the mother, who thought she had found the love of her life. She told the Daily Mail:
“It was a slap in the face when my husband left me. I tried and begged him to come back, my daughter didn’t deserve it.”
Not only did Courtney have deal with her husband leaving her, but the severely injured mother also had to worry about her daughter’s reaction to her new, very different look.
Courtney recently opened up about the powerful moment to People.
First, family members tried to prepare her daughter for the shocking change before she came home from the hospital.
“They said, ‘Mommy got badly burned and she will never look the same.'”
But when she walked through the door, her daughter didn’t recognize the person in front of her.
Courtney told People:
“When I got home, she looked at me really weird and was standoffish.”
It only took one thing to help the little girl recognize her mom:
“But then I said, ‘It’s me baby. It’s your momma.’ After that she came and gave me a hug. She hasn’t let go since.”
Courtney is home from the hospital. These hands are not much use for the next couple of weeks. But they can still love on Caroline❤️. They were so happy to see each other.
Courtney has now found happiness with her daughter by her side and hopes that telling her story will help inspire others, no matter what difficulties they’re going through.
Because she is unable to work, friends have set up a GoFundMe in her honor to help cover medical bills. They have raised over $160,000 so far.
You can donate to Courtney’s GoFundMe here.